This Super Bowl Sunday, fans can look forward to chowing down on junk food and drinking beer with some best pals. Plus, the two teams going head to head — the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams — have fought hard to earn their way to the NFL's biggest battle this year, so fans can count on the game to be a blast, as Tom Brady vies for what would be his historic sixth Super Bowl win. Those pricey commercials will also try their best to make you laugh or cry (or fail spectacularly enough that you do both). And, of course, there's the halftime performance.
In the past, the Super Bowl halftime show has been a full-on event for audiences across the country. It's when Beyonce marched in and got us all into "Formation." It's where Lady Gaga threw down her mic before leaping from her stage bleachers. It's even where we met Left Shark!
For Super Bowl LIII, the halftime show will be headlined by pop-rock band Maroon 5, which reportedly had some trouble wrangling in supporting musicians as a result of the controversy surrounding the NFL's treatment of players who take a knee as a means of protest during the national anthem. A Change.org petition encouraging the band itself to drop out and boycott the show has amassed more than 112,000 signatures.
Despite that controversy, Maroon 5 will still perform on Sunday — and with at least two special guests: Travis Scott and Outkast alum Big Boi (Antwan André Patton).
Per Billboard, Scott agreed to perform in exchange for the NFL co-sponsoring a $500,000 donation to Dream Corps, a social justice organization. Scott said in a statement, "I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in. I know being an artist that it's in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change."
Meanwhile, for Big Boi, Super Bowl LIII is a hometown affair; he grew up in the Atlanta area near the Mercedes-Benz Stadium where the game will be played.
While a track list has yet to be announced for the show, Maroon 5's Adam Levine previously collaborated with Big Boi on the 2017 single "Mic Jack."
The halftime show will air after the second quarter of Super Bowl LIII. This year's Super Bowl and the halftime show will air on CBS and stream for free via CBSSports.com or the CBS Sports app (available on most connected devices); the game will also be available on CBS All Access. (To sign up for CBS All Access, go to the CBS All Access landing page and pick the plan you want to purchase. Head here to go straight to the free one-week trial.) If you have any questions about CBS All Access, which NFL games are available in your market, want to submit a question and/or would like to provide feedback, etc., click here. In addition to CBS, the Spanish-language version of the game will air on ESPN Deportes. Fans can also watch on fuboTV.
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